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Jack White, Trent Reznor Leave Twitter As Kanye West & Trump Return

21 November 2022 | 10:08 am | Mary Varvaris

"I don’t feel good being there anymore."

(Pic via Third Man Records Instagram)

Trent Reznor will leave Twitter; the Nine Inch Nails vocalist revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter while promoting his and Atticus Ross's score for the new film Bones And All

The film is a "cannibal love story" directed by Luca Guadagnino and stars Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell.

When he was asked about the state of the social media platform under Elon Musk, Reznor responded: "Embarrassment. I'm about to depart. We don't need the arrogance of the billionaire class to feel like they can just come in and solve everything."

However, the Head Like A Hole singer was thinking of leaving before Musk's takeover. "Even without him involved, I just find that it has become such a toxic environment. For my mental health, I need to tune out. I don't feel good being there anymore." While Reznor doesn't tweet much, he has 1.6 million followers.

The news of the Nine Inch Nails singer leaving Twitter comes as Kanye West returns. The Heartless rapper's account appeared overnight, tweeting, "Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked".

Ye was locked out of Twitter last month following numerous incidents of him spouting anti-semitic rhetoric, including that he'd go "death con 3" on Jewish people. 

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As reported by The Los Angeles Times, Ye's anti-semitic comments drew a well-known hate group to a Los Angeles freeway; the group "gave Nazi salutes as they stood behind a large banner that read, 'Kanye is right about the Jews.'"  

Ye was recently dropped by his record label and his booking agency. While Ye's contract with Def Jam Recordings concluded in 2021, after the release of Donda, it turns out he upset Def Jam so much that his own label, G.O.O.D. Music is no longer affiliated with the company. It's unclear if the label dropped Ye due to recent remarks; a representative declined to comment. 

A representative of the Creative Artists Agency told The New York Times that Ye is no longer represented by the company, one of the biggest booking agencies in the world. The pain doesn't end there - MRC, a film and television studio, announced that it was shelving a completed documentary about Ye following his antisemitic outbursts. 

Meanwhile, Jack White has lashed out at Musk, slamming him for restoring Donald Trump’s Twitter account while deactivating his Third Man Records’ account.

“Absolutely disgusting, Elon. That is officially an asshole move,” White said via Instagram.

“Why dont you be truthful? Tell it like it is; people like you and Joe Rogan (who gives platforms to liars like alex jones etc.); you come into a ton of money, see the tax bill, despise paying your fair share, and then think moving to Texas and supporting whatever republican you can is going to help you keep more of your money. (How else could trump possibly interest you?).

“You intend to give platforms to known liars and wash your hands like pontius pilate and claim no responsibility? trump was removed from twitter because he incited violence multiple times, people died and were injured as a result of his lies and his ego, (let alone what his coup did to attempt to destroy democracy and our Capitol). And how about the division and the families broken apart from his rhetoric and what it did to this country?

“That’s not ‘free speech’ or ‘what the poll decided’ or whatever nonsense you’re claiming it to be; this is straight up you trying to help a fascist have a platform so you can eventually get your tax breaks. I mean, how many more billions do you need that you have to risk democracy itself to obtain it?

“You did a lot of amazing things with Tesla, Elon, and you deserve a lot of compliments in that department (i personally supported the hell out of that venture), but you've gone too far and are now using your power to promote horrible, violence inducing liars, who are taking the country and the world backwards and endangering the democracy that made you rich and successful in the first place. 

“I am a believer in free speech, but for example i’m not about to let the KKK hold a rally at our record label's performance stage. That’s one of the platforms we control and have a say in, it’s not town square operated by the government. And if i owned a gas station, i wouldn’t be selling the KKK gasoline to burn crosses either and then wash my hands as if i didn’t help facilitate hatred.

“You took on a big responsibility with your purchase, and ‘free speech’ isn’t some umbrella that protects you from that.”